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Golfers help raise 4000 Euro for Orobal in Tenerife

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An incredible achievement by the Smith family , Bill , Muriel and Paul. who are the owners of the very successful Golf Shop you see from the TF1 motorway. They have been running their “Hole in One for a holiday competition “ at Amarilla Golf Course and Adeje Golf Courses for the the last nine months and in that time have given an amazing 4000 Euros to the charity group Orobal and its an ongoing commitment.

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Orobal (founded 1990) are an association for the parents of physically and mentally disabled children based in Los Christianos, where they have their own fully equipped centre for the kids and parents. When I went along on the day Bill was presenting the cheque I was shown around the centre and seen a lot of the specialist soft area furnishings that the money raised went towards paying for

The Smiths run a Holiday for a Hole in One competition,which is based at the above courses, is a 10 Euro entry fee, of which 20% goes to the Orobal charity. Even if you hit the green you receive a quality prize such as a Taylormade hat, balls, socks or pitch mark repairer but if you get a hole in one you are awarded a voucher there and then for a holiday for 2 at the 5* Adeje Gran Hotel in Costa Adeje for the following summer

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So if your coming on a Golfing holiday to Tenerife this year ? If you see the “Win a holiday for a hole in One” girl at the major courses here in Tenerife please give it a go as you are safe in the knowledge 20% off your money goes to Orobal and helps kids get those special wee things that makes their life’s that little bit better.

Tenerife – a different golf option. The Mar-Y-Sol Tournament For all.

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On November 30th 2010 we celebrated the 2nd International Mar y Sol Open 2010 at Amarilla Golf & Country Club (Tenerife). This very special event, organized by the Mar y Sol Hotel was hailed once again as a massive success.

50 competitors from across the globe fought to win the 2nd International Mar y Sol Open 2010. Initially the tournament was to be played two days, but the torrential rain on Monday, 29th forced the competition to be suspended. On Tuesday with the sun finally shining this integration tournament was played in superb conditions.

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Love this slogan.. these guys mean it

Each of the players has an official HDC, but many of the participants cope with an additional type of handicap. Some players are visually impaired; others may be single or even double amputees, paraplegic or hemiplegic. All over the world there have been separate tournaments for golfers with different abilities. So, able-bodied golfers would play in their own competitions, golfers with impaired sight would play in a tournament together or those with missing limbs would play in another one.

This tournament brings all of the golfers together and the vagaries of the golf handicap system allow them all to compete equally in a competitive integration tournament.

I spoke with Renate Kraus, manageress of Mar y Sol Hotel and organizer of the tournament.

“We were not sure if all of the able-bodied and disabled players would want to give up the separate tournaments and play together and whether it would affect the funding PB300089but it has come together.”

“It takes many hands to put this event on and it simply would not happen without them. We have players from Spain, England, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Switzerland, Austria, Holland and as well from the Czech Republic. The able-bodied resident members of Amarilla Golf & Country Club are committed to mixing socially with and competing against disabled golfers on an equivalent competitive level.”

“All of the organizers give up a lot of time and money to make this event happen because we want to facilitate the integration of disabled players from the whole of Europe into a major event. We thank our sponsors: Titleist, TAG Heuer, Banco Santander, Sinpromi, Hotel Mar y Sol, Teralava – Centro de Terapias, Tui Vital, Condor, The Players Golf Shop, Canary Golf Federation, PBT (powergolfer.de), Cicar and Halcon Viajes.”

The President of the Canary Golf Union, Mª Luisa Forniés Fdez. del Castillo, said: “The quality of play was excellent yesterday. I watched one competitor hit his tee shot with a driver using only one extremely strong arm. A paraplegic player used the “powergolfer” sports wheelchair which allows him to stand up and chipped in from off the green straight into the hole.”PB300016

The Captain of Amarilla Golf & Country Club, Michael Baker, said: “One can not fail to be humbled by the way these extraordinary individuals overcome their disabilities to produce some exceptional golf.”

The inventor of the “powergolfer” sports wheelchair, Christian Nachtwey, explained that each golfer has to individually adapt either through special equipment or by developing their own golf swing to find a way to get the ball around the course.

Golf is a unique sports option and Mar y Sol Hotel offers in Tenerife “get into golf” courses for the disabled from January to March 2011. An experienced coach will show the wonderful world of pitching and putting to all newcomers.

The Award Ceremony took place in the afternoon at Amarilla Golf & Country Club. The winners were awarded their prizes by Renate Kraus (Manager of Mar y Sol Hotel), Michael Baker (Captain of Amarilla Golf Club) and Mª Luisa Forniés Fdez. del Castillo (President of the Canary Golf Union).PB280256

The gross winner of 2010 International Mar y Sol Open was Luis Vicente Mateu Sisternas from Spain, with a score of 22 points. The net winner was David Hill from Great Britain, with a 37-point score.

The category one winner with a 25-point score was Joan Pere Morera Castell from Spain.

The category two winner with a 32-point score was Michael Baker from Great Britain.

The category three winner with a 34-point score was Miroslav Lidinsky from the Czech Republic.

The “nearest to the pin” prize was won by Linda Williams from Great Britain.

The “longest drive – ladies” prize was won by Marjo Boissovain from Switzerland.

The “longest drive – gentlemen” prize was won by Gerhard Fuchs from Germany.

All the players were pleased about the organization of the competition and fascinated by the golf course, announcing their participation in next year’s tournament according to the motto: “Tenerife – a different golf option”

Photos of this event are available here …some very remarkable people. I had a great time in their company and hope to play as well as Photograph the event next year

Club Amigolf Tournament Costa Adeje Golf 12th Oct 2010

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Abama Golf Course is Next on the Tenerife and La Gomera Circuit

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Saturday 21st August 2010 sees the Golf Tenerife and La Gomera Circuit heading to the West Coast of Tenerife and on to the Abama Golf Complex. (Have a look at this website its  impressive.) The Abama Golf course is a word class facility and gives players from the circuit the chance to play the course at a greatly reduced price.

Thanks to all the sponsors for making it such a great Golf circuit

I love the Abama Golf course with great views, where ever you look, over the ocean towards a Gomera or back towards Mount Teide . It also has one of he best driving ranges and teaching areas on the island where a friend of mine PGA member Mark Pursey is the head Pro.You will need a buggy to play this course, because of the steepness of the terrain, which is included in the price.

Picture 013_editedThis game counts towards the order of merit, I have just scraped into the top 20, so after this one I hope I can make it into the top 10, but whither I do so or not I have enjoyed the circuit immensely this year and met some new and some old friends along the way.

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The circuit over the years has went from strength to strength due to the work put in by the Golf Association, the courses themselves and the sponsorship of the many Island based companies who all help make the day run smoothly and that all the participants have a fun day out.

The circuit this year is also open to both residents and holidaymakers alike and for just 100 Euro you get a round on the Abama championship course with buggy, presentation of prizes, refreshments and a great opportunity to mix with the locals and tourists who both have one aim in common ..to enjoy good competitive golf on a championship course in the Sun..

If your out on holiday and want to play in the event contact the Golf Clubdirectly for all the details just mention the Circuit ..Happy Golfing

August 21, Abama Golf

€ 100 per person

GRAN FINAL September 11 – Golf del Sur

€ 50 per person

July 1st-4th 2010 Tenerife Welcomes the Ladies European Golf Tour

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This years Ladies Tenerife Ladies Open, part of the Ladies European Tour, will be held at Buenavista Golf Course in the North of Tenerife on July 1st-4th. Buenavista Golf course is a beautiful setting for such a prestigious event, once again sponsored by the Canarian government and tourism dept in conjunction with the Tenerife golf association.

We can expect a full field of top class international Lady golfers including the 2009 winner Falicity Johnestone. So if you want to see how to swing a golf club properly and marvel at how a slip of a girl can knock a golf ball 50 yards past your best drive ,so effortlessly ,then this is the place you will see the best in Europe in action. Entry is free and I assure you of  super day out.. so come along and support the girls and have a great day out for all the family at Buenavista Golf Course.

Why not bring your clubs over and play the courses around the island and catch a few days of the open this summer holiday ?

Here is the beautiful Buenavista Golf Course Web site...

The First Golf Shop In The Tourist Area.

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In these days off an economic downturn is so nice to hear of one company that’s expanding and employing more people on the island.The company in question is Going Golfing holidays based here in South Tenerife and owned by the Smith family who are ex-pats from Scotland who have been on the island some 10 years.The smiths are also the owners of the very successful Golf shop in La Chafiras, the one you see from the motorway, also the popular Hole In One for a Holiday game played on golf courses throughout Tenerife

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Expansion came to mind when an empty local became available in the 5* Costa Adeje Grand hotel. The Smiths, who have  long standing business connections with the hotel group, jumped at the chance to take the lease having seen the potential for not only selling their golf course booking service, golf club hire, trolley hire and golf concierge service but also for offering upmarket Ladies Golf fashion. Director Paul said “ I thought the shop would be mainly clothing sales and course bookings but after a month of being open I have been pleasantly  surprised at the amount of clubs and iron sets we have sold “

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Muriel Smith is in her element buying all the latest styles and colours for her Ladies casual clothing collection, She told me “its not just golfers we cater for in both shops, all women like to buy matching outfits on holiday” Well you can’t argue with that!

From the shop in the hotel guests or non guests can drop in and book their golf,transport and club hire  at the most competitive prices available. The shop will also act as a drop off centre for club repairs or club return.

The Costa Adeje Grand hotel shop opening Hours are 9am-1pm 4pm-8pm Mon- Fri. Sat 9am-1pm.

The Golf shop can be contacted on tel ( 0034) 922-735-808

E-mail: paul@going-golfing.com

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Or follow them on Twitter for all their offers

Tenerife Golfing Holidays – http://twitter.com/gghtenerifegolf

Tenerife Golf Shops – http://twitter.com/tengolfshop

Zulu and Golf in Tenerife what can they possibly have in common ?

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The first thing that intrigued me was the name, I mean who would call a charity that’s holding a Golf day at Costa Adeje Golf Course in Tenerife, “Ingane Yami” so I set of to Callao Salvaje on Tenerife’s West Coast to find out from the man behind the golf day South African James Beckley.

On meeting James, and his assistant Gina, the first question I had was “why the name Ingane Yami ?” “ You don’t speak Zulu then ?” James laughed and went on to explain that Ingane Yami means “My Children” In Zulu. I then got the picture, What a great name !

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The reason why its such a great name is that in two words, although to many alien, it sums up the whole concept of the charity, “ My Children.” Yes we are all God’s children some born more fortunate than others in this world.

The idea behind the charity,with all the money raised, is to build a children’s village children’s. The village of  Ingane Yami will consist of 25 individual houses, each of which will be home to 6 children of varying ages and a “house mother”, thus recreating a stable family unit and enabling these vulnerable children to be brought up in a loving, Christian environment which in turn will grow leaders to take care of the future. This is not a new concept but a proven formula which has been shown to work very successfully  at Watoto Village in Uganda.

From my point of view I think it’s a great idea a game of golf at one of the premier courses on Tenerife and being able to help such a great charity at the same time.

So please ring Gina and get involved and I hope to see you at Costa Adeje Golf Course on Saturday June 5th 2010..

All proceeds from the day’s events will be donated to the Ingane Yami Children’s Village Charity. Why not become a fan of theirs on Facebook, or  follow them on Twitter and take a look at their Photos on Flickr.

The event starts at 9.00am and it promises to be a great day.

The format will be:
Pairs
2-ball better ball
Shotgun Start

Entry fee is €50 per person and this includes Buggy & Buffet
Places for this event are limited so to make sure you are registered please book early.

To reserve your entry please contact either of the following:
Email: gina@pearlygrey.com or telephone Gina on 657 628 544
Call into the Costa Adeje Golf Course or telephone them on 922 710 000